John Maguire

John Maguire

Film: Sleazy spy thriller never takes wing

Film: Sleazy spy thriller never takes wing

Based on the novel of the same name by former spy Jason Matthews, Red Sparrow is a shiny, sleazy espionage thriller in which nobody is what they seem, and everyone ends up betrayed

Ronan shines in subtle masterpiece

Ronan shines in subtle masterpiece

Deftly juggling characters and storylines, first-time director Greta Gerwig finds authentic laughs with subtle touches

Film: Magical moments with a monster

Film: Magical moments with a monster

Having spent two decades forging his individual style in an often derided genre, Mexican director Guillermo del Toro has peaked with The Shape of Water

Film: Revolution starts with a superhero

Film: Revolution starts with a superhero

Black Panther isn’t the first black superhero movie (there have been a few, from 1998s Blade to 2008s Hancock), but it is the first time a black character has taken the lead in a Marvel blockbuster

Film: Watchable Washington can’t save dull drama

Film: Watchable Washington can’t save dull drama

Roman J Israel, Esq almost immediately shatters into a dozen confusing plotlines before a final collapse into unearned sentiment

Threading the tale: Paul Thomas Anderson

Threading the tale: Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson has long been regarded as one of the greatest film directors of his generation, with modern classics such as There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights and Magnolia on his CV

Alexander Payne’s drama is tiny, not mighty

Alexander Payne’s drama is tiny, not mighty

Payne’s social and ecological messages are lost in a morass of cheesy special effects, limp gags and aimless messaging

A timely look at journalism’s relationship with power

A timely look at journalism’s relationship with power

A rousing story of ordinary Americans speaking truth to power, The Post might be set in 1971, but it is all about today

Frances McDormand fits the bill as a furious heroine

Frances McDormand fits the bill as a furious heroine

Almost everyone is awful in Ebbing, Missouri, but McDormand's Mildred is the least awful of the lot

Film: Scott shows no sign of slowing down

Film: Scott shows no sign of slowing down

Focused, detailed and engrossing, All The Money In The World builds an entertainingly steady momentum thanks to committed performances from the exemplary cast

The shape of films to come

The shape of films to come

Despite a testing year behind the glitz, cinema continues to retain its foothold in the public imagination. This year sees a fresh crop of compelling movies vying for your attention. John Maguire previews what’s coming

Film: Festive fare for all the family

Film: Festive fare for all the family

With the entire family gathered around, deciding what movies to watch over Christmas can quickly become a savage battle for ownership of the remote. To make that choice easier, here are a few selections you shouldn’t miss

Film: Reaching for the stars in 2017

Film: Reaching for the stars in 2017

Packed with unexpected jokes and thrilling action, but frustratingly unable to knot decades-old emotional threads, The Last Jedi is nevertheless a noble continuation of the franchise

James Franco finds some Room to roam

James Franco finds some Room to roam

Meanwhile, a movie by Pat Collins, best Irish filmmaker you probably haven’t heard of

Film: Chilling and ice-cold, it’s Haneke light

Film: Chilling and ice-cold, it’s Haneke light

Michael Haneke has the knack of establishing the social and political geography of his stories in a few deft strokes. This time, it’s the rarefied world of the French bourgeoisie